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Linderlinder commented on picture ID 37947.

Spined micrathena Micrathena Gracilis... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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dontkilgoodspidr commented on picture ID 116131.

Well a moon flower opens at sundown, or better yet when the moon comes out! It starts with a huge elongated bud that hangs its head down, and as it opens it lifts its head to heaven!Yes I even saw a hummingbird this evening on the asclepsia! What a Blessing! The butterflies are also a delight! Haven't seen a monarch yet, but saw two caterpillars that turn into a monarch! So I'm keeping watch! ... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 119163.

You are very welcome! Stuff like this is intriguing. I wish I had the answers. I'll be keeping an eye out for anything that might match your photo and description. :-)... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 120012.

You're right. Considering the impact a teacher has on the lives of their students, we may as well be wizards. I only hope I can live up to the enormous responsibility involved. Fortunately, I'm not alone. I have a mentor who's experienced in homeschooling and is teaching the hard stuff: English.Not everyone can be converted to loving spiders, it's true. But we keep trying, and when we need a lit... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Newtothis123 commented on picture ID 119163.

I would like to add that this spider was very large when i found it. It apeared to be about an inch and half in length with just its body length. Its legs were equally long or longer. As for the markings on its back i couldnt get a photo but it had a silvery white back and crawled out from under a Salt Cedar that i was cutting down. I looked at the A.Trufasciata photos you posted and havent seen a... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 116131.

Oh, wow! You're quite the gardener! I don't even know what all of those plants are. You must get lots of butterflies and hummingbirds! Wisteria is lovely. It always makes me think of quiet, ancient places because of the time it takes to grow.What is a moon flower?It's great to grow your own spices - ginger, turmeric, hibiscus, and mint. I love those flavors. Do you use them a lot in cooking?... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 120012.

"I already have my student calling any and all spiders they find “cute.” Well that must be a miracle! You're not a teacher then, you're a wizard. I rephrase: you must be both a teacher and a wizard! But then again, can you draw a clear line between the former and the latter :)? Aren't we expected to work wonders everyday at school? :) For my part, I tried as hard as I could to ... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Skirball commented on picture ID 120081.

i had that exact same spider in my house, CA... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 120048.

Looks like this crab spider is wearing a yellow mask, which makes me think of Misumena Vatia, the Goldenrod Grab Spider. This spider can change colour and marks, but it will never drop that yellow mask. Ironically enough, that's exactly what makes it easy to recognize it :)... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 120076.

Don't worry, this is definitely no recluse. Possibly Cheiracanthiun Mildei, but not a recluse. That's certain.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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WhatUAre commented on picture ID 119416.

Lovely black widow... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 120072.

This is a female Steatoda triangulosa, a Triangulate False Widow... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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dontkilgoodspidr commented on picture ID 116131.

A few ;o) Hydrangea, butterfly weed (asclepsia), Mexican viloets, day lilies, rose campion, wide array of coleus, obedient plant, Pandorea, ginger, turmeric, seedum, hibiscus, rue, confederate rose, aloe, aluminum plant, jade plant, iris, impatience, crocosmia, wysteria, moon flower, perilla, mint, ummm. . . a few others I'm not sure the names of right now :0)... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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WhatUAre commented on picture ID 119761.

What is this?... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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WhatUAre commented on picture ID 119765.

Asian Joro Spider... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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_Silverarrow_xxx commented on picture ID 115822.

Looks like a Jotus Fortiniae. Jumping spider... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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_Silverarrow_xxx commented on picture ID 115900.

Looks like a member of the Sparassidae family of spiders. Not sure what exact species though.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 120006.

A recluse again, I'm afraid.This is the detail you should try to focus on:data:image/jpeg;base64,/9j/4AAQSkZJRgABAQAAAQABAAD/2wCEAAkGBxISEhUSEhIVFhUXFhgXGBgXFRUVFxcXGBUXFxUWFRUYHSggGBolHRgVITEhJSkrLi4uFx8zODMtNygtLisBCgoKDg0OGhAQGi0lHyUtLS0tLS0tLS0tLS0tLS0rLS8tLS0tKy0tLS0tKy0tLS0rLS0tNS0tKy0tLS0tLS0tN//AABEIAOEA4QMBIgACEQEDEQH/xAAcAAABBQEBAQAAAAAAAAAAAAAGAAECBAUDBwj/xABNEAABAwIBBQkJDQcFAQEBA... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 120036.

I have no idea, either. What i can tell you is that this is not a spider :)... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 120008.

This is a wolf spider, Hogna radiata, male.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 120042.

I don't know about chemical spray, but that is no recluse. That is a Pholcus phalangioides, a harmless spider. Its fangs cannot puncure our skin.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 120052.

This is a Wolf Spider. And yes, of course it is poisonous, just like any other spider, with few exceptions. So much for the bad news. :) The good news is the venom of these spiders has a mild effect on humans, to the point that it is considered medically irrelevant.https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324058But there's more: spiders are smart enough to realize that there's no point in try... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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TurekBot commented on picture ID 119806.

I appreciate the input! Looking on Google, it does look like one. Man, to think I could've held it relatively safely is wild!... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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sukishirouni commented on picture ID 120044.

She's got a red spot right on her butt on the underside. Can't get a good picture of it. It isn't hourglass shaped though.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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gatofish commented on picture ID 119719.

Through more observation and research, I am certain that this is a fully grown, adult female Macrathena Gracilis, as originally supposed. Since this post, I have found 2 other females in my yard (1 very small in comparison), and also I observed a male mating with the pictured female! A truly amazing experience to see a pairing like this! Video to come shortly!

... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 120012.

Awww, oh no... but we can still visit and play comment tag, I hope. Due to the COVID, I have abruptly become a 1st grade (6-years-old) science and history teacher, and I don't even have all my course layouts yet. I have a lot of work to do. It's going to be awesome, though. I already have my student calling any and all spiders they find "cute."You're a great addition to our community, and whenev... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 120014.

The poison of the Araneidae is too weak to pose a serious threat to humans. This is a harmless beauty, so to say :)... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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eaneubauer commented on picture ID 119854.

Hogna? Not too good on identfying species yet, but it looks a lot like some in central Texas.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 120012.

Oh, amico mio.. The real world is going to call on me, too..much too soon, I'm afraid :( But I will never forget the wonderful time spent here. You guys have built a wonderful community. Something to be proud of.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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eaneubauer commented on picture ID 120018.

I agree with the ID. Spikey little things. Watch for eggs masses in prominent places and the spiderlings.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 120044.

Hi there! This might be Latrodectus geometricus, the Brown Widow. The hourglass is on the underside and will be red or orange.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 120016.

This is a male Tegenaria domestica.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 116549.

Oh, wow! That must be really cool to watch. I don't usually get to see them at all, but when I do, they're either in the dark funnel or a blur. Haha - the racing stripes. Yep, the quiet ones are the ones with something up their sleeves. And with spiders having eight sleeves, that's a lot.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 120012.

Hi Vonpaulus,Just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your contributions. Now I don't have to worry what will happen to SpiderID when the real world calls me to go participate. :-)... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 119729.

You're welcome! :-)... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 119787.

Yay! Unfortunately, the real world is calling me. Due to the COVID, I have suddenly become a 1st grade history and science teacher. I'm glad Vonpaulus is here to keep up with new submissions (and keep you entertained) in my absence. I see you added a profile picture! Looks nice!... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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TangledWeb commented on picture ID 119789.

I have some young or male Steatoda in my house that are tiny and cute too:) Under the clear chitin exoskeleton they look like old-fashioned embossed foil wrapping paper, which fascinates me aesthetically. Flattened modified hair cells on spiders create the cool metallic appearance. India has many gorgeous spiders that look like metal, jewels, or glass with a rainbow of colors. When I started... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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SynxRaga commented on picture ID 119806.

Looks like a cat faced spider aka Araneus gemmoides... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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TangledWeb commented on picture ID 119970.

Araneus diadematus, a Cross Orbweaver. The pink color isn't normal. She may have been deliberately sprayed with colored hairspray or accidentally got downwind of an industrial chemical. I have the same fuchsia color tinting in my hair that the spider has. :)... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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galvantula commented on picture ID 119864.

Couple of Garden Spiders. The big one is a female; the little one is a male and he's either her mate or he wants to be.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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G.E.F. commented on picture ID 110315.

Thanks for the info Spider Man. :)... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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galvantula commented on picture ID 119942.

This is an Orbweaver.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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WarBoar commented on picture ID 120018.

Thank you for the response. I had never seen a spider that looked like this. It was fun to watch for a while.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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galvantula commented on picture ID 119358.

I'm not 100% sure it's a wolf spider, but I am 100% sure that it's not a brown recluse. It has two dark stripes on its back, as well as banded legs. Recluse do not have any markings besides the infamous violin.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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TangledWeb commented on picture ID 120018.

Yes, you got it! There are two possible Peucetia species in California, the other, rarer, one is P. longipalps. I don't know which one of the two this is. He has cool color changing abilities. He looks like he has been on orange and dark green plants lately. The default color for the spider is pale green with paler markings and black leg hairs. The markings reflect light a bit, maybe UV ligh... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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TangledWeb commented on picture ID 119984.

Hi, you got the Orbweaver part correct. She's in genus Larinioides, probably Larinioides cornutus. Her common name is a Furrrow Orbweaver. They make other forms of web in addition to the orb web. She should have the orb style out in the dark hours. In Autumn and cloudy days they might be out in daytime. When it is sunny she needs to rest, stay cool, and hide. Different types of orbweavers mak... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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keyojimbo commented on picture ID 120002.

probably grass spider. all spiders are venomous, but vast majority are not harmful to humans. This one is nothing to worry about.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 120012.

This is a magnificent specimen of Argiope lobata. What a breathtaking pic!... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Ors commented on picture ID 120014.

Dangerous??... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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FormerArachnophobe commented on picture ID 119826.

Lol! ... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 119936.

Your right again, this is another Steatoda. A Steatoda triangulosa, going by the "Xmas-tree" on its back :)... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 119990.

This is a Tegenaria domestica.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 119992.

Certainly a Lynx spider, likely from the genus Oxyopes. As for the species, I have no clue. I'm not familiar with Indian spiders, but there's one thing I know for sure: you have about 300 species of Oxyopes there :)... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 119826.

On second thoughts, I think I could use a little help :)... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 119826.

..hmmm..I agree with you again, this is a very intriguing spider :) Unfortunately I got stuck, but I'm not giving in! Why would I when I'm just inches from to the goal?https://wsc.nmbe.ch/specieslist/2216I have only 296 different species of Oxyopes to go through, no big deal, really...... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 119898.

This is an Uloboridae, i think. The two humps on the abdomen might suggest Uloborus bigibbosus, considering it's an Indian spider.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 119944.

This is a member of the Pholcidae family. It reminds me of Holocnemus pluchei, but I'm not quite sure. The mark on the thorax seems to match and so does the marble-like abdomen. Legs with whitish joints and dark bands, which is fine..a better view on the marks on the abdomen would make my day ;)... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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FormerArachnophobe commented on picture ID 119828.

It’s a guess on my part, due to body proportions. The only way to be truly conclusive is lookin’ at the naughty bits with a microscope, but females do tend to have larger abdomen and smaller pedipalps, which are the “mouth finger” thingies.There are also sex-based color and pattern variations depending on species, but with so many species I don’t know them all lol.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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MOKSHA commented on picture ID 119992.

What type of spider is this?... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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FormerArachnophobe commented on picture ID 119791.

Nice photos btw!... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 119968.

Very cute! I don't think it's a spider, though. I can only count six legs.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 119950.

I concur. Most likely a Goldenrod Crab Spider.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 119974.

This is Herpillus ecclesiasticus, The Eastern Parson Spider.... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 119980.

This is Zoropsis spinimana, commonly known in Italy as the "false wolf spider". If you have any question about this spider, feel free to ask :)... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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tacosandtea commented on picture ID 119828.

Thank you! How can one tell it's a female?... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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pippo commented on picture ID 119729.

Thank you, both... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Wendave70 commented on picture ID 116549.

Oh I know well how these guys go about catching their prey. I have literally sat for over an hour at night just watching them creep out of the confines of the deepest part of their funnels and just sit with unbelievable patience and wait for whatever might hit that trip line you mentioned. And when it does there is no way out. No time for them to even think about escape. When the funnel spider... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Wendave70 commented on picture ID 119787.

I will be sure to post a pic of said riches!!... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Wendave70 commented on picture ID 119783.

Hahaha. It's always a surprise to find our friends sometimes. And save her meal she did...for about a day or so this big old beetle was suspended in the web like a mummy then when I checked this evening she had unceremoniously kicked it out of the web to the ground where a bunch of carpenter ants took over the job of making sure nothing goes to waste....... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Wendave70 commented on picture ID 119791.

Perhaps. Good note on the color. Looking back at other pics of this type of spider, the color is not there....... Discussion Thread

August 11, 2020
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Brad-the-curious commented on picture ID 119960.

Thank You!... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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TangledWeb commented on picture ID 119932.

Just eat the cheesecake and ignore the spider! It looks like a male Cross Orbweaver, Araneus diadematus. Maybe an immature female. I found one just like him on a gravestone yesterday. He should be outdoors coveting juicy insects, not indoors eyeing cheesecake, but I would definitely make the same choice. Now I really want some cheesecake, at least I have lots of ice cream. :)... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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TangledWeb commented on picture ID 119960.

Hi, she's Steatoda noblis, a species that originated in Europe. She's in the same family as the Widow spiders, Theridiidae, but she's dangerous to insects and other spiders, not mammals. She's quite gravid, spiders technically don't get pregnant. I won't make you read my Spider Sex Education explanation unless you're THAT curious about spiders. She should be ready to make egg sacs soon. She'... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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JMH314 commented on picture ID 118148.

Looks like a Dark Fishing Spider. Found one in my basement bathroom today. (Guilford, CT)... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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Rusty22 commented on picture ID 119950.

Crab spider... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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FormerArachnophobe commented on picture ID 119826.

Yes, India is the big variable, and I son’t know asian spiders so well. AND I agree: the abdomen looks like O. salticus, but the thorax isn’t the same. Hmmmm.... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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NormXXVII commented on picture ID 119930.

I also have a 7 second video of it moving around, but I wasn't sure if there is a place to submit it.... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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coreyannder commented on picture ID 119904.

This is a black and yellow garden spider ... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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HopeS commented on picture ID 105718.

Those are his legs, I’m pretty certain it was a spider because it had 8 legs, but I’m no expert. This wasn’t water, it was his belly/back. I wouldn’t have added it to this site had I thought it was a regular insect, the fact that it looked like a spider is what makes it so strange. I’ve never seen anything like it before.... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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lmenten commented on picture ID 119910.

Araniella displicata... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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lmenten commented on picture ID 119912.

Araniella displicata... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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EgBert commented on picture ID 117129.

Does anybody know what this is? I've had lots of people guess "brown recluse", but that doesn't look like a fiddle on its back to me. I've also heard "brown widow", but I really don't think so. Thoughts?... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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Vonpaulus commented on picture ID 119826.

I concur, it does look like O. salticus. The marks on the abdomen look the same to me. The marks on the cephalotorace don't seem to match, though. But then again, this might be due to its age. It looks like a juvenile, doesn't it? We don't know its body length though, so it's hard to tell whether it's a mature specimen or not. But the big question is: is India in its range? I'm trying to ... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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Nelda commented on picture ID 119330.

Can someone help me identify this spider? I live in Tennessee. She/he is only about 1/2-3/4 inches long and no red hourglass but possibly a white mark on side of abdomen. For some reason, it is hard for me to see in the kitchen lighting. She stays in a hole in the old window during the day and comes out at night.... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 115963.

Oh, yes. I dance. I try to do it in the same rhythm, too. Each movement is smooth and measured, and I freeze between moves, all the while with a silly grin on my face. It's my favorite spider story to tell.... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 119695.

What a very cool spider! The pattern reminds me of lace. I would actually guess Araneus marmoreus, the Marbled Orb-weaver. It has a yellow variant that looks very much like this.... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 119597.

You're welcome! :-) Thanks for sharing your lovely spider!... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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6of10 commented on picture ID 119597.

I thought about the collage. I think I’ll do that next time. Thank so much for your comments ... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 119729.

Hey there!It's very cool. There are actually tons of non-spider arachnids (8-legged arthropods), including harvestmen, ticks, mites, scorpions, solifuges, whip scorpions, etc.Harvestmen resemble spiders but have only one body segment, and their pedipalps are modified into pincers. They lack both silk and venom, feeding mostly on dead insects and decaying plant matter.... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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SynxRaga commented on picture ID 119621.

I’ll look forward to seeing what you can guess this spider is. And your welcome.... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 119795.

That's very interesting. I read a study about silk pheromones in Black Widows where they put empty webs spun by mature females out in the field, and caught a bunch of males. Apparently the webs scent signal males to come. After mating, the male will wrap the female's pheromone-laden web in his own silk to prevent her from being harassed by other males. She will spin a new web that does not contain... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 119787.

Now I'm imagining a gambler at a casino keeping his lucky spider in a little container in his pocket instead of his lucky dice. For extra luck, he takes it out and feeds it a fruit fly.If you find money hanging in a spider's web, we'll know this works. :-D... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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eaneubauer commented on picture ID 119842.

I'm pretty certain this isn't Aphonopelma. Hogna is much more likely.... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 119157.

BugGuide.net (unfortunately not working at the moment, or I'd include the link) has on their Dolomedes page a listing of field marks to distinguish between species. I've found it to be very helpful.... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 118976.

This is great.... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 116812.

But Steatoda paykulliana is not always red, neither is it as clear or bright of red as this. Even in the reddest individuals, the red is not in spots, but an unbroken line which undulates in width. Latrodectus mactans is known to have juvenile specimens with red markings on the back, specifically bright red spots, outlined in white, where the second spot is longer than it is wide. Check out these ... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 114391.

But Steatoda paykulliana is not always red, neither is it as clear or bright of red as this. Even in the reddest individuals, the red is not in spots, but an unbroken line which undulates in width. Latrodectus mactans is known to have juvenile specimens with red markings on the back, specifically bright red spots, outlined in white, where the second spot is longer than it is wide. Check out these ... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 119597.

I didn't know either before I joined here. Some of the juveniles have really neat markings. It makes them look like art-glass marbles.Yeah, posting or linking multiple pictures together is a feature we don't have - for the moment. I don't know what all the admin staff is working on behind the scenes. At this point, the best way to handle that is to post multiple pictures as separate submissions ... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 118375.

It's tricky with the super-small guys. Especially since juveniles of all species tend to be a bit transparent. I don't even attempt to ID spiderlings beyond family.I have a Tetragnatha sp. that I'm still sorting through pictures of, trying to decide on the best ones to post. I wish I had some really good photos, but it's so hard to hold still enough to get a clear shot. Especially when they aren... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020
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Helper-Harvestman commented on picture ID 116549.

:-D I have a funnel web spider living on my front porch. I read a bit about the structure and properties of the funnel when researching for this ID. The web itself isn't sticky, so it traps insects strictly by entanglement of their feet. I'd been wondering how ants manage to scavenge wings from the web without getting trapped. There are silk 'trip lines' above the main sheet of web, designed to kn... Discussion Thread

August 10, 2020